GIS - 31 December 2014: The Public Officers’ Welfare Council (POWC) which operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Civil Service Affairs organised a one-day workshop on 29 December with representatives of the departmental Staff Welfare Associations (SWAs) at the Civil Service House, Britannia Park, Gymkhana, Vacoas to seek their views and suggestions on the Council’s Action Plan for 2015.
The Action Plan 2015 will help all SWAs in formulating their respective welfare activities taking into consideration their needs, capacity and mandate. Its overall objective is to empower public officers to use their innate potential to good purpose and enhance their lives culturally and socially.
The Action Plan specifies among others: the set of goals and targets for public officers;
strategies for reaching those goals; commitments for action; ways and means for enhancing the image of the Council; and follow-up measures at various levels.
In his address on the occasion, the Minister of Civil Service Affairs, Mr Marie Roland Alain Wong Yen Cheong, underscored that his experience in the private sector will help to bring about the change of mindset in the Civil Service to meet the public’s expectations.
According to him, if officers are given a good work environment and are supported in striking a fair balance between work and leisure, the Civil Service, he said, will definitely benefit in terms of enhanced productivity from a dedicated and loyal work force.
It is a proven fact, he added, that a satisfied workforce will contribute to enhance the quality and timeliness of services being delivered to the public and meet their expectations.
The Minister also spoke about his expectation of an excellent service from each and every one. On this score, he announced that a scheme will be worked out to reward those who distinguish themselves by sheer hard and quality work. However, he also cautioned that sanctions will be taken against those who drag their feet and give a bad repute to the Civil Service.
Regarding the modernisation of the Civil service, the Minister pointed out that to remedy the current methods and policies in the public service, his Ministry will strengthen institutions, promote good governance and ethical practices, eliminate red tape and get rid of classic bureaucracy.
To that effect, he announced that a Public Sector Reengineering Bureau will be set up with appropriately qualified staff to review and modernise the work processes to bring about effective and rapid service delivery where Information and Communication Technology will be a major pillar of a full-fledged E-Government.
He concluded by stating that training of staff and building their capacity is sine quanon to good performance standards and that the Civil Service College set up in November 2012, will start its operation soon with the necessary infrastructure.
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